(2009)

Critic Reviews

83

Metascore

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100
Avatar's shock and awe demand to be seen. You've never experienced anything like it, and neither has anyone else.
100
A fully believable, flesh-and-blood (albeit not human flesh and blood) romance is the beating heart of "Avatar." Cameron has never made a movie just to show off visual pyrotechnics: Every bit of technology in "Avatar" serves the greater purpose of a deeply felt love story.
100
Avatar is entertainment of the highest order. It's the best movie of 2009.
100
Premiere
This is, simply put, one of the most beautiful movies you'll ever see.
100
Once again, [Cameron] has silenced the doubters by simply delivering an extraordinary film. There is still at least one man in Hollywood who knows how to spend $250 million, or was it $300 million, wisely.
90
Wall Street Journal
Much of the time, though, you're transfixed by the beauty of a spectacle that seems all of a piece. Special effects have been abolished, in effect, since the whole thing is so special.
88
Tone-deaf but thunderously exciting.
88
Avatar delivers. Combining beyond-state-of-the-art moviemaking with a tried-and-true storyline and a gamer-geek sensibility - not to mention a love angle, an otherworldly bestiary, and an arsenal of 22d-century weaponry - the movie quite simply rocks.
75
As visual spectacle, Avatar is indelible, but as a movie it all but evaporates as you watch it.
75
The scenes in Pandora -- a planet with an Earth-like environment -- are so breathtaking that the narrative seems almost beside the point.
75
Vast, beautiful and meticulously detailed.
60
Avatar clears the hurdle in terms of being optical candy. Its story, though, is pure cheese.

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